As if COVID-19 didn’t usher in enough change for one year, Mali enters a new season of uncertainty following Tuesday’s military coup. Soldiers forced President Keita to step down and dissolve the National Assembly.
The move was a long time coming, says TWR’s Abdoulaye Sangho, but concern surrounds what happens next.
“Officials in the military decided to take over because the situation has been bad for so long. It will affect everything in the country.”
Coup leaders quickly promised elections yesterday to appease fretting world leaders. UN chief Antonio Guterres and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both condemned the coup, calling upon Mali’s military to release their captives and restore order.
Concern about the coup’s potentially-destabilizing effect on Mali is legitimate. The government collapse in Mali could unleash a new wave of extremist violence throughout West Africa. Learn why here.
“Political instability in this region opens a void for radical Islamic insurgencies to gain power. Extremist groups such as Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda are opportunistically perpetrating attacks through Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Mali,” says David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for stability and peace so believers can continue their ministry in Mali.
- Pray for much grace and courage for Christians.